Sunday, 29 March 2015

Top 5 Weight-Loss Tech That Wont Break The Bank

Since starting my healthy lifestyle kick last summer I have realised that there is a scarily large range of technology out there that can help you reach your final goal.

Sadly though not all of it is within the realistic price range for a SAHM.

I have seen some amazing and practical ideas which really help but also some weird ones too!!

Here are my 5 top relatively cheap or free ideas to help you loose weight that I have found so far...

1. MyFitnessPal  

This was one of the first things that I tried when I decided to try and loose some weight. It`a a free app for Android or for Iphone. You input your personal info like current weight and target weight. The app then calculates your calorie intake needed to help you loose weight. Each day you input the food you consume so it gives you an idea of what you`re actually eating.

You can also input your exercise activity level which then deducts your energy burnt from you calorie intake.

The app and web page are very clear and easy to navigate, a definite must have on your weight loss or fitness journey.

2. Fitbug Orb

The Fitbug Orb is a movement and sleep tracker with multiple wearing options...on your wrist like a watch, clipped to your bra strap, clipped to your collar or in your pocket. The orb uses an advanced 3 axis accelerometer which accurately measures your every movement. The Orb also measures your sleeping patterns.

The Orb links up to MyFitnessPal, so when you input your daily food intake to MyFitnessPal it transfers the info to the Orb homepage and visa-versa . The homepage which you can access either online or via the app on your phone/laptop/tablet shows your activity level in steps taken, kilometres covered, aerobic activity and how long you have slept. The Orb can also detect if you wake up in the night so accurately shows your sleeping patterns and total amount of time asleep.

This has to be one of my number 1 gadget at the moment. It looks stylish and funky whilst helping you to become healthier.

The only downside to it and its not really a true downside is that as I wore it all the time during last summer I got a fetching tan line on my wrist!

A upside to the Orb is that it tracks your sleep pattern so I can now prove to hubby that I have been up umpteen times in the night to the kids!!

Retailing at £49.95 its not too expensive and I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

3. Beets Blu Heartrate monitor

Beets Blu heart rate monitor does what is says on the tin!! It is a discreet heart rate monitor that you wear whilst exercising. It links up via bluetooth to your phone and is compatible with loads of exercise apps, check HERE to see if it is compatible with your device.

Whilst you are exercising the monitor which you wear around your chest, under your bra, sends real time data back to your phone which you can view whilst exercising or at a later time to evaluate. The Beets Blu website or app will help you to tailor your exercise routine to help you achieve your goals. It does this by showing you your optimum heart rate range for either weight loss or endurance.

When you first start to wear the monitor it does feel a bit weird but by the time I was mid way through my workout I completely forgot I was wearing it!

RRP is £29.95 from Amazon, order it here.

4. Runtastic

Runtastic is a free app for your phone; this app records your movement during exercise via GPS so it is very accurate. Calories burned, distance travelled, elevation, pace, speed and distance covered is calculated for you with a map of where you have been.

There is a huge range of activities to choose from including skiing, horse riding or even roller skating so you shouldn`t never be in the situation where you can`t record your exercise!!

5. Babies & Burpees

Babies & Burpees is a Facebook page, blog and Youtube channel set up by a mum, Jordan, who decided that she was fed up with tedious trips to the gym. Being a qualified personal trainer, pilates instructor and a pre/post natal expert she decided to start her own exercise community with FREE short and precise instructional exercise videos which can be done in the comfort of your own home.

I LOVE the idea of being able to do work outs at home as you can fit a quick one in whilst the baby naps and you dont have to get all dressed up like you do for the gym!!

Click to view her Youtube channel, blog page and Facebook page

I hope that this little list will help you reach your fitness goals without breaking the bank. XX

I received the Fitbug Orb and Beets Blu heart rate monitors in exchange for an honest review of the products.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. The Slimming World app is also great and insightful.